Awesome, Awesome Evolution Software Friday, August 17, 2007Posted by henry000 in animation, art, artificial intelligence, evolution, Jeffrey Ventrella, natural selection, simulation, software.
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This man – Jeffrey Ventrella – is quite incredible. Here on his website you can find a myriad of beautifully designed evolution simulation software:
Please go to website and I am sure you will be impressed with Ventrella’s artistic talent and programming skills. Exploring the website is like discovering treasures upon treasures in a dream world. There are not just one but many evolution themed software, as well as fractals and other beautiful artwork. I know, you might say that there are many other evolution simulation software programs out there – true, but Ventrella’s are different in that they are aesthetically awesome.
Ventrella is both a famous and somewhat elusive figure. His is an artist as well as a researcher in artificial intelligence as well as an Internet entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of the online virtual world There and several other ones.
Here is a screenshot (click to enlarge) of one of the Java applet named Music Gene Pool which demonstrates the power of selection in creating music from randomness to your own liking:
Here is the screenshot of a Windows program called Gene Pool:
Gene Pool is an artificial life simulation in which populations of physics-based organisms evolve swimming capabilities over time. These organisms are called “swimbots”. You can set mate preference criteria and thus influence what the swimbots consider as attractive qualities in potential mates. The most attractive swimbots get chosen most often and so their genetic building blocks propogate to future generations. Eventually, swimbots get better at pursuing each other, competing for food, and becoming babes to other swimbots. Local gene pools emerge which compete for sex and food (for energy to have more sex). Eventually a dominant sub-population takes over.
I am nuts about evolution and as a software engineer, I can tell you I really admire and envy the works of this man. I wrote a small Java applet a few years ago simulating Conway’s Game of Life, and it is infantile and woeful comparing to Ventrella’s works (which I will be playing with for the next few days whenever time permits…)
Power of Prayer Proven (and Disproven) – Videos Wednesday, August 1, 2007Posted by henry000 in animation, Bible, Christianity, Ed Current, faith, funny, God, humor, humour, Jesus, parody, prayer, rationality, reason, religion, sarcasm, video.
Here is his latest work which proves that prayer works:
Courtesy of the Friendly Atheist.
Okay, for all the atheists out there, here is a different video which refutes the power of prayer. Now I am totally confused as to whether prayer works or not…
The Animation of The Atheist Delusion 2: Decluded Mailbag Thursday, May 10, 2007Posted by henry000 in animation, anti-fundamentalism, atheism, Bible, Christianity, Ed Current, faith, fundamentalism, funny, God, humour, parody, rationality, religion, sarcasm, science.
The creative Ed Current has done it again with a follow-up animation to his previous popular animation The Atheist Delusion. This time it is called “Atheist Delusion 2: Deluded Mailbag”, in which the faithful Christian guy answers some of the common (and deluded) atheist questions.
Take a look at the witty and hilarious animation!
The Animation of The Atheist Delusion Thursday, May 10, 2007Posted by henry000 in animation, anti-fundamentalism, atheism, Bible, Christianity, Ed Current, faith, fundamentalism, funny, God, humour, parody, rationality, religion, sarcasm, science.
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After a number of rather serious posts, I thought it is a good time to post something humorous. Just in case you haven’t seen it – because this is too good to miss – here is a marvellous piece of presentation titled “The Atheist Delusion“, created by Ed Current, that brings a little bit of humour and sarcasm to the age-old debate of atheism vs. theism.
No matter which side you are on, it is worth a look.